There is prodigious evidence that 2015 Kia Soul EV deserves a nice spot on buyers’ shopping list as the latest electric car to move into the automobile market with standout styling. The enhancement in the latest version of Soul is quite awesome compared to what is obtainable in the original Soul, which though not that thrilling, is competent. 2015 Kia Soul EV with a two plus three seating capacity boosts of simplistic suspension, modest power coupled with entertaining driving dynamics. You may doubt at first sight Kia’s claim of sizable enhancement in handling, ride and inclusive refinement, there is enough proof that Soul has earned a nice platform.
The 2015 Kia Soul comes with a better functionality than could be imagined. Its reformed door panel, combined air vents and speaker grille which bookend the dashboard coupled with the new steering wheel which gives an organised switchgear for a cruise makes Soul a good auto choice.
Soul EV is powered by an 81.4 kW electric motor. It maintains familiar 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter four cylinder engines, of which the larger engine comes with a direct-injection for the first time; though they have been refined for a more low-end torque. The smaller engine of Soul records a comedown in its horsepower from 138 to 130 possessing a declined torque from 123 to 118, while the 2.0-liter engine is capable of generating 164 horsepower at 6,200 rpm with a torque rising from 148 pound-feet at 4,800 rpm to 151 pound-feet at 4,000 rpm.
The engine’s battery pack is mounted low in its chassis with its bracing that actually improves the hatchback’s torsional rigidity by 5.9 percent. Kia maintains that it takes 24 hours to charge a completely depleted battery from a standard 120-volt outlet; though the charge time drops to under 5 hours when using a 240-volt outlet. And when employing a 50 kW-output charger, the battery can be charged to 80 percent in just 33 minutes.
Its engine is mated to a six-speed automatic suspension system. Coming with front-wheel drive, the estimate of fuel economy is yet to be made public though there are chances that they shouldn’t go far above 24 miles per gallon in the city and 29 on the highway regardless of displacement. It is capable of 0 – 60 sprint within 10.2 seconds at a top speed of 90 mph. Kia claims its air-cooled 27kWh lithium-ion polymer battery is capable of real world driving of 80 – 100 miles.
Soul comes with the basic design for cost and space efficiency which include Macpherson struts up front and torsion beam out back. Some of its features include fresh trapezoidal lower fascia with fog lamps, LED lights and halo-effect taillamps coupled with a high-intensity discharge headlamps.
Some of Soul’s standard features include refined materials, dual-density seat foams, more mature cabins, panoramic moonroof, heated and cooled leather seats, powered driver’s seat, power windows, a rear-view camera, Bluetooth, cruise control, heated steering wheel and eight-inch touchscreen with a new Android-based navigation system with quick reactions and crisp graphics which alerts driver of oncoming bend with likely reasons. It also has Virtual Engine Sound System – or VESS which emits an audible noise below 12 mph.
Soul is faced with competitions from such class of cars as Chevrolet Volt which though not fully electric, offers electric motor and a range-extending gasoline engine. It has to compete with Fiat 500e which is an electric car of high style capable of 87-mile range as well as Honda Fit EV which is one of the costly electric cars capable of 80 miles on a single charge. For Soul to earn a good space in the auto market it has to prove its mettle before Nissan Leaf which is a fully electric hatchback capable of 84-mile range.
The base price of 2015 Kia Soul EV is $14,700 though it has As-Tested price of $26,795 (est.)